Only one controversy remains. The turnout?
As the dust settles on what can only be described as a drubbing for the No side, only one contention remains. What percentage of the electorate actually voted? According to the official figures, the turnout was 59.0 per cent.
The figures for the total electorate and turnout are based on those submitted by returning officers for each constituency.
However the Department of the Environment has admitted the figures for the electorate carried on its website are not up to date as they are based on the register as of February 15th last.
Since then there have been two supplementary registers, the first for the local and European elections in June and the second for the Lisbon Treaty referendum.
When the updated figures for the electorate in each constituency are taken into account, the turnout falls to 58.0 per cent. The Department says it plans to correct the discrepancy in due course.
As LisbonWatch changed the “official” figures to reflect the new numbers, submitted by the 43 returning officers yesterday, it was apparent that most of the electorates had changed since February, as might be expected since they reflect new people coming on to the register and others being removed.
However some figures were the same as those recorded in February, suggesting some returning officers have not updated their registers. So the turnout figure of 58.0 per cent may be revised again at some future date!